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'Rhythm and Bruise': RB Henry continuing to pick up steam during Titans' playoff run

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Posted at 5:34 PM, Jan 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-16 18:41:08-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — What is there to say that hasn't been said already about Titans running back Derrick Henry.

Henry is rewriting the NFL record book during the Titans' run to the AFC Championship.

What makes Henry different than other running backs is his ability to reach the height of his powers as opposing defenses begin to fade.

After all, it was "Tractorcito's" 66-yard-run midway through the 3rd quarter of last week's divisional triumph against Baltimore that all but squashed any chance of a Ravens comeback. It felt like he could run all the way to Kansas City.

When it comes to the 32 carries Henry is averaging during the playoffs, it seems he wouldn't have it any other way.

"I think I get in a rhythm the more carries I get and get a better feel for the game as the game goes on," Henry told reporters Thursday afternoon.

Henry's ability isn't lost on QB Ryan Tannehill. Tannehill has thrown for less than 200 yards combined in the playoffs, which would usually equal a quick exit by today's NFL standard of pass first, ask questions later.

"You look at what Derrick's been able to do over the past few weeks. I mean, once you get into the third quarter and you've already run it 30 times...and he's still gaining yards," Tannehill said, "Derrick is one of the biggest, most physical backs that I've ever seen run."

Henry starred in the Tennessee's Week 10 victory against the Chiefs, chewing up 188 yards and scoring two touchdowns. The ever-humble Henry is still showing the Chiefs defense respect heading into the the AFC title game.

"I think they’re stout on the D-line, linebackers are physical. The back end, they have experience. So, they’re a great all-around group," Henry said.

The game plan will be simple, Kansas City will know he's coming.

If he finds his rhythm, the Titans will be tangoing in Miami for Super Bowl LIV.